The Indicator: Imbued with Silence

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By Sherin Wing and Guy Horton

Utah’s red rock country is sublime in a Martian Chronicles sort of way. Its geologic folds, wrinkles, bridges, and domes compose a forbidding yet stunningly beautiful world of rock and sky. It’s the sort of landscape John McPhee would lyrically traverse in his book Basin and Range, in what he refers to as a “physiographic province.” It is also the psychological province of vision quests, the kind of vast and mystical space that Jim Morrison might have experienced. These are just some of the images that emerge from this landscape.

The work of Imbue Design, the Salt Lake City-based, three-person firm made up of Hunter Gundersen, Matt Swindel, and Christopher Talvy, is inserted here to form a meditative retreat that rises out of what McPhee would describe as a “silent world of austere beauty” (1). The project is captivating not merely because of its form or material, but because of its program as a for practicing Buddhists or others seeking to enter a silent world. It’s also a home away from home.

Read the interview with the Imbue’s design team after the break

Almere with MVRDV selected for Floriade 2022!

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Today the Nederlandse Tuinbouwraad (NTR) announced the City of Almere, along with it’s MVRDV-designed proposal, as winner of the prestigious world horticultural expo, . The event takes place once every ten years in and is currently ending in Venlo.

The MVRDV plan for Almere is not a temporary expo site but a lasting green Cité Idéale as an extension to the existing city centre. The waterfront site opposite the city centre will be developed as a vibrant new urban neighborhood and also a giant plant library which will remain beyond the expo.

The ambition is to create a 300% greener exhibition than currently standard, both literally green and sustainable: each program on the site will be combined with plants which will create programmatic surprises, innovation and ecology. At the same time the site will be with a vast program such as a university, hotel, marina, offices and homes more urban than any other Floriade has ever been before, it is an exemplary green city. Continue after the break for more!

Endesa Pavilion / MARGEN-LAB

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Architects: RodrigoRubio ()
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Life Architecturally, 2011; Director, Britt Arthur
Life Architecturally, 2011; Director, Britt Arthur

Architecture and Design Film Festival

Featuring more than twenty-five films from eleven countries, public programs, and an architectural driving tour of Lower Manhattan, the fourth season of the Architecture and Design Film Festival is taking place October 18-21. Returning to Tribeca Cinemas, in New York…

Kamppi Chapel / K2S Architects

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Architects: K2S Architects
Location: Simonkatu 7, 00100 , Finland
Design Team: Jukka Mäkinen, Kristian Forsberg, Abel Groenewolt, Tetsujiro Kyuma, Mikko Näveri, Miguel Pereira, Outi Pirhonen, Teija Tarvo, Elina Tenho, Jarno Vesa
Head Designers: Mikko Summanen, Kimmo Lintula and Niko Sirola
Area: 352.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marko Huttunen, Tuomas Uusheimo

Reflecting Cube / Helwig Haus + Raum Planungs GmbH

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Architects: Helwig Haus + Raum Planungs GmbH
Location: ,
Project Team: Angie Pavic, Martina Inhofer, Madeleine Mentenich, Dirk Helwig
Landscape Architect: Nicole Freitag, Mannheim
Photographs: Kristof Lemp

Burgos Justice Palace / Estudio Primitivo Gonzalez

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Architects: Estudio Primitivo Gonzalez
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Courtesy of IaN+
Courtesy of IaN+

New Harbor Service Building / IaN+

The proposal for the New Harbor Service building by IaN…+ aims to define a simple and severe architecture. The project’s construction scheme reflects eastern philosophy; its clean aesthetic and unadorned simplicity, where structure turns into a decorative system clearly

Courtesy of NC State University School of Architecture
Courtesy of NC State University School of Architecture

NC State University Fall 2012 Lecture Series

North Carolina State University’s School of Architecture recently launched their Fall 2012 lecture series which focuses on “Material | Digital.” The series begins September 24th with Grace La of La Dallman. Featuring other keynote speakers throughout the series, it concludes…

MR_DESIGN Office / Schemata Architects

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Architects: Schemata Architects
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Jo Nagasaka
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

‘Pleated Shell Structures’ Exhibition / Zaha Hadid Architects

Opening October 12th, the ‘Pleated Shell Structures’ Exhibition consists of a short term, site specific research prototype designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid… and her firm. Presented by the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in their gallery,

Wine and Architecture / Heinz-Gert Woschek, Denis Duhme & Katrin Friederichs

Several wineries and vineyards have captured the public’s eye in recent years thanks to their distinctive architecture, which thoroughly conveys the atmosphere of their surroundings while reflecting the tradition of the winemaker. Through selected vineyards, this book traces the path of winemaking from grape harvest to tasting – all through the eyes of architects and winemakers: Based on numerous conversations with them, the authors are able to tell the personal stories behind the origins of each building and how it relates to its special place, all while expressing the sensual experience that is part of the world of wine. Besides information about the various wine-growing regions and the history of “wine architecture”, the book familiarises the reader with the winemaking process and wine itself, making the book a handy wine and travel guide from the architect’s perspective.

WTC Site Night, Silverstein Properties, New York © Silverstein Properties
WTC Site Night, Silverstein Properties, New York © Silverstein Properties

Ground Zero Master Plan / Studio Daniel Libeskind

With last year’s opening of the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero and the near-completion of the World Trade Center One, Daniel Libeskind’s… vision for the World Trade Center site is close to presenting the future of NYC’s downtown financial center,

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Best from last week, just in case you missed it. Alberto Kalach’s Atalaya House located in , a house conceived as a series of terraces stepping down, is discovered step by step, revealing different atmospheres and different views into the distance, or to intimate gardens and patios. Don’t miss the amazing E+ Green Home by Unsangdong Architects or Ceip Martinet, a school in Barcelona designed by . Check out O-14, a 22-story tall commercial tower in Dubai by Reiser + Umemoto. Finally, watch the interesting AD interview with Renzo Piano (Part I-Part II-Part III).

KamerMaker: Mobile 3D Printer Inspires Potential for Emergency Relief Architecture

 

3-D Printing technology is developing at quickening pace as both engineers and architects experiment with its technological and social potential.  Consider Enrico Dini’s D-Shape printer that prints large scale stone structures out of sand and an inorganic binder or Neri Oxman’s research at MIT which involves a 3-D printing arm and nozzles that can print with a variety of different materials, from concrete to recycled plastic.  

Dutch firm DUS Architects, in collaboration with Ultimaker Ltd, Fablab Protospace, and Open Coop, have added another 3-D printing machine to the list known as KamerMaker, the room builder.   is the world’s first mobile 3d printer and has the ability to print “rooms” that are up to 11 feet high and 7 feet wide.  The machine was unveiled at OFF PICNIC, a precursor to Amsterdam’s annual PICNIC technology festival.

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City Police Headquarters in Lleida / Mestura Arquitectes

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Architects: Mestura Arquitectes
Location: Lleida,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jordi Clariana, David Capellas, Francesco Soppelsa

Courtesy of Barcode Architects + Habiter Autrement
Courtesy of Barcode Architects + Habiter Autrement

Center for New Businesses / Barcode Architects + Habiter Autrement

As part of the masterplan, ‘Bassin a Flots’ designed by ANMA/Nicolas Michelin, Barcode Architects and Habiter Autrement… recently presented the Pôle de Compétences (Center for New Businesses). The 7,000m2 project will be a part of the masterplan, which aims on

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Venice Biennale 2012: Thailand Pavilion

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The Pavilion, titled “Common Collage”, presents 100 ideas that can provide people with a common ground. The exhibition, curated by Apiradee Kasemsook, Nuttinee Karnchanarporn and Tonkao Panin, presents 40 boxes of equal size, volume and weight. The boxes were designed by different Thai architecture firms, designers, lecturers and students. Each one intends to speak within its own logic.

See more pictures of the Thailand Pavilion after the break